Murray, who won the US Open last month, ending Britain’s agonising 76-year wait for a Grand Slam men's singles crown, was asked by reporters what he felt about talk that he could be in line for such recognition.

Andy Murray

“That isn’t something that necessarily drives me.

“I don’t think what I’ve done just now would justify something like that,” said the Scot, who also won the Olympic title in London, after he reached the third round of the Shanghai Masters with a walkover.